Female singer-songwriters reigned at this year’s East Coast Music Awards gala Thursday, including a P-E-I artist rewarded for an intimate music video detailing her heartbreaking story of adolescent rape.
PEI’s Kinley Dowling received Rising Star Recording of the Year for her Letters Never Sent Album and and Fan Choice Video of the Year for Microphone.
Island-born artist Rose Cousins captured the coveted Album of the Year for her melancholic heartbreak record “Natural Conclusion,” and also won Song of the Year for “Grace.”
The Fan Favorite Entertainer of the Year Award was given to long-time Cape Breton rocker and one of PEI’s favorite, Matt Minglewood.
The 30th annual awards show also saw Sloan, one of Halifax’s most acclaimed alternative rock exports, received an honorary award.